Father Elias Abi-Sarkis

November 18, 1948October 7, 2019

Born on November 18, 1948, in Ghazir, Lebanon, to Habib Abi-Sarkis and Victoria Al-Adem. Ordained to the Priesthood on July 19, 1975, by Bishop Francis M. Zayek in Ghazir, Lebanon.

Between 1975 and 2019, Father Abi-Sarkis served many US Maronite parishes as their administrator or assistant pastor (Akron, Cleveland, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Tulsa, and Norman). Father Abi-Sarkis served on the Presbyteral Council of the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and on the Committee for the dialogue between Catholics and Muslims. He was a member of the College of Consultors and serving as Protopresbyter for the Southern Region in the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles. He was Director of Caritas Lebanon-USA and a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.

Father Elias enjoyed socializing with his friends, visiting his nephews and nieces, and appreciated pilgrimage traveling. He spent much of his time working with charities to help the sick, the poor, and the needy.

Father Abi-Sarkis was preceded in death by his parents Habib and Victoria Abi-Sarkis, his two older brothers Joseph and Toufic Abi-Sarkis, and his younger sister Mary Abi-Sarkis. He is survived by his brother Louis Abi-Sarkis, his sister Therese Havel, and his nephews and nieces.

Service taking place on Friday October 11th, 2019 St Joseph Maronite Catholic Church 6025 Glenridge Dr., Atlanta GA 30328

6:30-7:30 Visitation 7:30-8:30 Mass

*Funeral arrangements will take place in Ghazir, Lebanon (Date TBD) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Diocese


  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 11, 2019


Father Elias Abi-Sarkis

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Timothy Neller

October 18, 2019

Father Elias was a wonderful and caring man. His death is a loss of all of us. He made the world a better place to live in and will be sorely missed. He was a blessing in all of our lives. God bless you, Father Elias. We miss you and we love you.

Ilse Enriquez

October 12, 2019

Father Elias was such a wonderful man that helped out my mom and my family for many years. I will for ever keep him in my memory and heart. My heart is heavy but I know he is in a wonderful place alongside God and his parents and sister. El Padre Elias por siempre vivirá en nuestros corazones.

Mariane George

October 11, 2019

Dan & Mariane George
A big loss to the Maronite Church, to the Lebanese community, and to his friends & family. Father Elias held a special place in the hearts of many; a highly regarded priest, an available and caring friend who fills a whole town with his smiles & wit. You have been in our family for 3 decades and your good memory will always be there along with your smile. Your voice will forever echo in each & every church you built serving God and your parishioners. It was a great honor and a pleasure to have you in our lives Abouna. May you Rest In Heaven my precious friend, you will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to the dear Abi Sarkis family; please know that you
are in our prayers.

Patricia and Wayne Dunn

October 10, 2019

Wayne and I are so sorry for the loss of your brother. We are lifting you and your family in our prayers. May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace in knowing your brother is with our Lord and Saviour.
Wayne and Patricia Dunn

Masami Uemoto

October 9, 2019

I didn’t know Father Elias personally until Emma and Isabella’s First Communion last May (2019). At the reception dinner, he sat next to me at the table and started a conversation. “What’s your name and where are you from?”, he asked. “I’m Masami Zarzour: I’m Japanese, married to Lebanese.” Fr Elias looked at me and said, “I won’t remember your name so I’m going to call you Tsunami.” We laughed. He was so witty, passionate about what God sent him to do in his life, and talked about his plan for the retirement in Lebanon. I remember so vividly his smile and laugh, and that’s how he remains in my memory. In a matter of one dinner, Fr Elias made a lasting impression on me; I can’t imagine how many people have been touched and smiles have been brought by Fr Elias.

May God have mercy on his soul and rest him in peace. He will be greatly missed.

Denis Casey

October 9, 2019

Fr. Elias was a great friend to me and I miss him like my own brother. May he Rest In Peace. Dcasey Dublin Ireland

Msgr. Don Sawyer

October 9, 2019

Father Elias will be missed. He lightened a room with his smiles and his readiness to laugh! He loved the Lord and was a dedicated priest who served many people! He worked hard to build Saint Theresa's Parish in Tulsa, OK, and his leadership built the lovely church, parish hall and rectory. He served the people with love and devotion! He loved life and was a very kind brother priest!
May God grant him "a place in His mansions of light and happiness..".

simon endraos

October 9, 2019

I am honored and blessed to have known father Elias. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him as a Priest and true friend. My condolences and my deepest sympathies to the Sarkis Family. May his soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

Simon Endraos